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The Trouble with Trades
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These days, a lot of folks are turning to trade paperbacks instead of what some now call “floppies” or individual issues. (I guess they use that term since computer discs have largely fallen out of favor.)

There are good and bad aspects to this, so I thought I’d elaborate a little on them.

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Image ComicsSpawnTrade Paperback

Check out these elements from the upcoming Spawn Origins, Volume 1 collection arriving next week.  There is a new trade dress, that gives some indication as to the direction all of Image Comics trades will take. via Image Comics

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Boom! Studios has announced it will have Keith R.A. Decandido, writer of the company’s Farscape series, signing at the company booth this weekend at WonderCon in San Francisco. WONDERCON BOOM! STUDIOS SIGNINGS: Please check the BOOM! Studios booth #619 for signing times for the following guests: Keith R.A. DeCandido will be signing FARSCAPE #1 WonderCon Aeryn Sun Holofoil Exclusive – Limited to 500 copies! Michael Alan Nelson will be signing HEXED and FALL OF CTHULHU Chip Mosher will be signing LEFT ON MISSION I say queue up early for those Left On Mission trades, as it’s a fantastic story worth

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comic conventionNew York Comic ConRadical Publishing

During the Radical Publishing panel at the 2009 New York Comic Con, Radical Publishing president Barry Levine made two interesting, and quite possibly two smart moves for the small-ish publisher.

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MarvelStephen KingTrade Paperback

No, we are not changing our coverage to football and sports related talk, rather Marvel’s adaptation of the first volume of Stephen King’s The Stand is getting the hard cover treatment this March. Unlike other trades and deluxe editions which filter their way to Amazon, B&N, and other outlets, this hard cover is being released exclusively to direct market retailers. “Marvel is excited to present this unique opportunity to our partners in the direct market who’ve helped make The Stand such a success,” explained David Gabriel, Marvel Senior Vice President of Sales. “We appreciate their overwhelming support for The Stand:

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Paul DiniSigningTop Cow

Calling the Spoiler Legion!   If you are in Los Angeles this Friday (December 19, 2008), head down to Meltdown Comics and meet Paul Dini.  The man behind Batman: The Animated Series, and more recently Detective Comics,  will be signing Top Cow’s Jungle Belle: Santa Claus Vs. Frankenstein, and copies of Madame Mirage trades. Dini will be on hand from 7:00 – 10:00 PM at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles CA for a Q&A with fans.  Cookies and eggnog will be provided for attendees.  WOOT! Take your Major Spoilers mini-poster with you, get a picture with you and Dini

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DCJonah HexMoviesWarner Bros.

Directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor have bowed out as the directors of DC Comics/Warner Bros. movie Jonah Hex.  The only reason given to the trades was creative differences.  Still attached to play the title character is Goonies star Josh Brolin (I hear he’s done some other stuff, too).   The studio is scrambling to find a new director (pick me, pick me). Neveldine and Taylor were the minds behind the most awesome kick-ass high octane movie Crank.  Imagine if the directing duo would have stuck with the Hex and brought that same energy the film. via Variety

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DCGail SimoneVariantWonder Woman

DC Comics has announced Aaron Lopresti has created a variant cover to Wonder Woman #26, by Gail Simone. Following months of speculation over a new, male Wonder Woman and his fellow Manazons, WONDER WOMAN #26 puts the rumors to rest. In this issue, learn what horrific new threat Special Agent Diana Prince is unknowingly leading her team of agents against. And, at long last, the fate of the Amazons is revealed. The issue is scheduled to be in stores on November 26, 2008. DC has also announced it is publishing new editions of the Transmetropolitan trade paperbacks to meet demands

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Iron ManMarvelMoviesTerrence Howard

News last week that Don Cheadle was replacing Terrence Howard in the Iron Man sequel probably didn’t suprise anyone more than Terrence Howard. It was the surprise of a lifetime. There was no explanation. [The contract] just…up and vanished. I read something in the trades implicating that it was about money or something, but apparently the contracts that we write and sign aren’t worth the paper that they’re printed on, sometimes. Promises aren’t kept, and good faith negotiations aren’t always held up. That’s Howard in an interview with NPR this past weekend. Having been on the short end of contracts

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August marks the first full month charting the Watchmen Trailer Effect, as the Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons trade hit number one in the Top 100 Trade Paperbacks and Graphic Novels as reported by Diamond Comic Distributors. Debuting at the number six position was DC’s first volume of All-Star Superman, which seemed to be a trend for the company, bringing in six of the top 10 trades for the month.  Marvel only had three titles appearing in the Top 10, with Dark Horse taking the number 2 spot this month with Star Wars Force Unleashed. Take the jump for the complete

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artBatmanDCPaul DiniTrade Paperback

Looks like DC is collecting Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen’s first six issues of Detective Comics into a hard cover and have asked Dustin to do a whole new cover, that frankly is jaw dropping. so this cover is special to me for many reason. originally, i thought this was a trade paper back, i could still be wrong, but hopefully im not. It is announced as a hardcover. i did this cover about 3 months ago, it collects our first ( dini, derek, and myself and mr milligan guest stars!) 6 issues of our run- special to me #1.

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DCFeaturedMoviesWarner Bros.WatchmenZack Snyder

I know people who have watched the Watchmen trailer over 100 times since it was released last week.  I’ve also seen people bicker back and forth over the shots seen, and how close of an adaptation Zack Snyder will bring to the big screen. To help in your decision making, Major Spoilers has gone through the trailer and compared shots from the movie with shots from the graphic novel.  Take the jump to see the comparison for yourself. UPDATE: Looks like Empire Online beat me to the punch by a couple of hours on this story.  I honestly didn’t realize

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IDW PublishingSolicitationsTrade Paperback

IDW Publishing has announced it will be collecting the three-issue mini-series Snaked into a trade paperback. Written by Clifford Meth, with art by Rufus Dayglo, Snaked tells the story of Bill Timmons, who is born with scales and a latent ability for bloody outburst… but when Timmons makes it to the high-profile political scene, he finds out who the *real* snakes are. The trade will also include the original short stories that were inspired by the series and illustrated by Dave Cockrum.  If you are a fan of comics that are turned into movies, you might want to snag this

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